Ten Spa Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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When it comes to hammam experiences in Canada, Ten Spa rates a ten. 

Surprisingly elegant. That’s the thought that pops into my mind when I walk into the swanky Ten Spa.  I’d heard only good things, expected Ten, located on the tenth floor of the landmark Fort Garry Hotel in downtown Winnipeg, to be this upscale. As far as spas go – it’s less what one might expect in Winnipeg – more like New York meets Vegas.

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In the lounge, white leather settees (some grouped together and surrounded by gauzy white sheers for semi privacy), rich dark woods and a wall of multi-toned brown and beige mosaic tiles set a sophisticated environment. 

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While awaiting services – the full gamut of massages, bodywork and esthetics offered in 11 treatments rooms plus a mani/pedi area overlooking the cityscape and the historic Forks Market – guests snack on dried fruit, cookies, muffins and dates. A spa menu of more substantial offerings is available, and champagne and dessert can be pre-ordered. 

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Modern and stylish, the spa is indeed a beautiful space, but it’s the large and lovely mosaic tiled co-ed hammam and the hot-air bathing ritual that really gives Ten its point of distinction.